Thursday, 27 October 2011

Leeds Fashion Show 2011

On the 14th November I worked at Leeds Fashion Show where I was the ‘Photography Coordinator’ which basically involved bossing photographers about.
It was an amazing experience as I’d never been to a fashion show before, and to have an access all areas pass was brilliant.

It was held at Leeds City Museum, in the Millennium Square, which was completely transformed for the night and looked amazing. Backstage was incredibly hectic as you’d imagine, with everyone running around getting everything organised.

The show was in aid of Cash for Kids and helps up-and-coming local designers and fashion students showcase their work. All of the models worked free of charge and everyone was just excited to be part of it and had a really great time. The male models were pretty hot too, which made it all the more enjoyable.

Some of the collections were a bit hit and miss, and I wasn’t a huge fan of a few, some seemed out-of-date and without a theme. I liked the strong collections with bold shapes and colours the most.

The show itself was really exciting and the talent on show was of a really high calibre, especially the current fashion students who were already at the same level of the established designers.

Some of my favourite collections were Klue by Kelly Ann, her mixture of textures and silhouettes really made her collection stand out.

Designer - Klue. Photograph - Mike Distras

Asobi Fashion by Shi-Yuen Li had a brilliant menswear collection, which is saying something as men’s wear never usually interests me. Her women’s wear collection was equally good, and what makes me like her more is that she’s a fellow Leeds University student, she graduated in 2010 and has already achieved so much.

Altogether by favourite piece was a black, fringed, full length dress, with shirt-like and bow details on the collar by Ewa Domanska It looked stunning on the catwalk and was even more beautiful up-close backstage.

Another one of Ewa’s dresses stood out, due to the mix of textures between the front and the back on the skirt of the dress. I liked the mixture of the leather top, with the plain front of the skirt and the ruffled back of the skirt.

My favourite print of the show was by two current students, Lauren & Elouise for their label Daize Designs.

Some of the most fashionable people in the audience:

The lovely Shang-Ting from Hebe Media.

As you can tell I loved every minute of it, just a quick thanks to everyone who was involved! Especially all you other volunteers, with whom I headed to Revolution afterwards for one too many cocktails...

Danielle Jaques
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Saturday, 15 October 2011

Butterflies and mammals

The last few days have been incredibly busy so I apologise for lack of posts, really need to think of some sort of schedule to fit blogging into my life...

On Tuesday in preparation for Leeds Fashion Show I headed to Leeds City Museum.
It was a wonderful mixture of history and wildlife, with a collection of old-fashioned clothes, oil paintings, butterflies and mammals. I would definitely recommend going if you have an hour to spare in
Leeds city centre.
After a haircut and a trip to Yates, I finally headed off to a house party, not before taking full advantage of the free drinks and food at a corporate presentation by Ernst & Young.
Sadly the whole day went uncaptured due to my failure to remember my camera. Apologies.

top – car boot sale 50p, shorts – h&m £19.99, belt – my dad’s, heels – ebay £17.99

*Excuse the hair. The haircut was disastrous and ended up far too short. My hair now has to be pinned up for the foreseeable future, which I had a mini cry about.

Danielle Jaques
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Monday, 10 October 2011

Vintage Kilo Sale

So the rain finally started on Saturday. But instead of hiding away inside, I headed to town ignoring my ever growing overdraft.

Somehow ended up spending thirty quid in Primark which actually impressed me for once and I just couldn’t resist.

shorts – primark £14, tights – primark £2, brogues – primark £14

I found a vintage kilo sale going on in one of my favourite clubs, Wire. I had high expectations after my first kilo sale on Brick Lane a couple of years ago. I was pleasantly surprised, it wasn’t too busy at the beginning and it was exactly the right size not to get bored, plus the dj was brilliant. Ended up eating into my overdraft again, but at £15 a kilo it was definitely worth it.

all for £20

Danielle Jaques
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Lazy Sunday

It's probably best you don't see my face today...

jumper - car boot sale 50p

Danielle Jaques
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Sunday, 9 October 2011

Sunshine on my window.

Some people love summer, the chance to take off the tights and run around carefree in vests and shorts. I’m not one of them. The large amount of exposed flesh makes me uneasy. Hence last weeks sudden unexpected sunshine caught me by surprise.

But with the rest of the students, I grabbed a blanket and headed to Hyde Park


Danielle Jaques
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Saturday, 8 October 2011

The first hurdle.

Right here it is, my blog, a blank page for me to do with what I will.

After years of religiously following other blogs, I’ve decided now is the time to start my own. I’m currently residing in Leeds as a cash-strapped student and when I’m not here I am usually to be found in Nottingham, surrounded by my family and animals.

top - vintage, shorts - H&M, tights - primark, socks - newlook, shoes - newlook

Danielle Jaques

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